7 Young Adult Novels Written by Young Adult Women

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What were you doing in high school? Sneaking vodka from your parents' liquor cabinet, going to Friday night football games, or, for some of you lucky ones, dating? While most of us were bumbling through dodgeball during gym glass, these seven women were writing and publishing their debut novels.

At an average age of 17, these writers published novels about vampires, drama groups, and the ups and downs of growing up, meeting friends, considering abortion, and living on the outskirts of society. They come from across the United States — Oklahoma, Maryland — and from the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. Many had continued to have success into their adult years; some are just getting started. All of them, however, will make you feel like you should be working a little harder.

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